The best February weekend in Paris (vidéo & podcast)


Umbert joins Paris after participating in the International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême (France).

His favorites were: Batman celebrating his 80th birthday and the Taiyo Matsumoto retrospective devoted to childhood.

It is now time to spend a festive weekend with his best friends in Paris.

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • An innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

« The trip is the part of the dream. », Xavier Roy Photographer.

« Le voyage c’est la part du rêve. », Xavier Roy Photographe.

In this article :

1) Day 1

  • Check-in: Le Pavillon de la Reine
  • Brunch: Café des Musées
  • Shopping: Isaac Reina, Le Slip Français, Saint James, Pied de Biche, Bonne Gueule, Merci
  • Organic cosmetic shop: Huygens
  • Hairdresser: Kare Hair Stylist
  • Diner: Le Train Bleu
  • Cocktail: Danico

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants: Le Pavillon de la Reine
  • Exhibition: Japon-Japonisme-Objects Inspired
  • Brunch: Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine
  • City tour: Champs-Elysées
  • Diner: L’Ambroisie
  • Show & Cocktail: 38 RIV

3) Day 3

  • Brunch: Georges
  • Exhibition: The Cubism
  • High tea: Le Dali

4) The cool stuff

  • A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski

1) Day 1

  • Check-in
Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

In the heart of the Marais district, Umbert chose this address to appreciate the charm and the discretion of this place, full of history, on the oldest site of Paris. Umbert and his friends like to chat in the living room of the restored hotel, in front of the big fireplace, forgetting the time.

Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00
Café des Musées 49 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris 

The best beef bourguignon in Paris! Umbert doesn’t hesitate to recommend this dish to his friends. The dish simmers 5 hours according to a traditional recipe: a real bistro and a family kitchen.

Café des Musées 49 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00
Isaac Reina 12 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris 

The motto of Isaac Reina is: “Keeping the essentials: the function” Umbert finds that by choosing men’s bags of pure and natural beauty. He likes Model Number 909, the perfect bag for the weekend.

Isaac Reina 12 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris

Le Slip Français 137 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris 

All underwear for men gathers in this fantastic shop: underpants, boxers, pajamas, socks. The choice is vast, the colors and the motifs are inventive. Umbert chooses boxers “Marius Quatro.»

Le Slip Français 137 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

Saint James 116 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France 

You will be sexy and so trendy with a striped sweater and a hat like sailors.

Saint James 116 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

Pied de Biche 5 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris 

For comfort and elegance, Umbert loves to put on shoes with city sneakers. The model with leather upper is perfect for walking on pavers, or in the countryside, and combines with many types of pants.

Pied de Biche 5 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Bonne Gueule 15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris 

The line “Bonne Gueule” offers casual clothes, adapted to the current lifestyle. Humbert also looks at the Hast brand for shirts and also recommends this shop for the advice of the vendors.

Bonne Gueule 15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris 

Umbert likes the idea that this concept store gives back some of the benefits to support the cause of Malagasy women and children. In addition to the decorative objects and clothes, there are various rare and exclusive pieces.

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

  • Organic cosmetic shop 17:00-18:00
Huygens 24 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris 

The commitment of the brand is to respect the man and the environment according to very demanding criteria — no tests on animals, biodegradable or recyclable packaging. Umbert particularly appreciates the possibility of choosing its tailor-made products, prepared for you according to your choices. The range “Belle Gueule” for men is lovely.

Huygens 24 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00
Kare Hair Stylist 4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

Umbert practices sporting activities in the magnificent “Le Klay” room and goes to the “Kare” hairdressing salon, which opened in this prestigious setting. It is a “bubble where to relax” as Jérémy Fromentin, the manager, rightly says.

Kare Hair Stylist 4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

  • Diner 20:00 – 23:00
Le Train Bleu Gare de Lyon Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris 

A real palace that was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. In 1963, the restaurant took the name “The Blue Train” in tribute to the famous train of the same color that went from Paris to Ventimiglia in Italy and the very chic French Riviera. Salvator Dali, Jean Cocteau, and Brigitte Bardot have breathed these magical places. Umbert has selected: home-cooked foie gras, leg of lamb, rum baba.

Le Train Bleu Gare de Lyon Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris  

  • Cocktail 23:00
Danico 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

After crossing the Daroco restaurant, Umbert and his friends sip delirious cocktails listening to the rhythm of the 80s funk. Jean likes the “Kota Termate,” a mix of 3 rums. “Camille” is a cocktail without alcohol composed of beet juice and coconut water. Umbert is tempted by “For You Barman.”

Danico 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants (at the hotel) 10:00 – 12:00
Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

Discreet and elegant, steeped in history, the breakfast corner invites you to the relaxation and indulgence. The pancakes are amazing, the scrambled eggs too, the jams and the honey are delicious — what an excellent time to start an intense Parisian day.

Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

  • Exhibition 12:00-14:00
Japon-Japonisme-Objets Inspirés, 1867-2018. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (until 15/03/2019) 

In 1867, Japan participated for the first time in a world exhibition. Japanism became an artistic movement in Europe. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is dedicating this exhibition to more than 1500 objects during 150 years of history. Umbert appreciated the mix of tradition and modernity that inspires the presentation of objects.

Japon-Japonisme-Objets Inspirés, 1867-2018. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (until 15/03/2019)

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine 11 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75008 Paris 

Umbert trains his friend Alexandre in this chic bistro to discover the Provencal frog legs or veal blanquette casserole. For dessert the crêpes sauées Suzette. A stop of happiness for gourmands.

Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine 11 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75008 Paris

  • City tour 16:00-18:00

“In the Champs-Elysees, in the sun, in the rain, at midday or midnight, there is everything you want at the Champs-Elysees” sang Joe Dassin (French singer).

An architecture-oriented walk will allow you to discover “the most beautiful avenue in the world. »

Umbert recommends admiring the 19th-century facades:

Guerlain House

At number 68, the Guerlain House: you have to enter to discover a magical world of luxury and tradition. Why not be tempted by a traditional “Habit Rouge” eau de toilette or the perfume “L’Homme Idéal L’Intense. »

At number 74, the Claridge Gallery.

Cartier House

At number 154, the Cartier House is in a beautiful mansion; you will admire the interior decoration and crystal chandeliers.

Arc de Triomphe

A visit to the Arc de Triomphe allows to see all Paris and to have an unforgettable souvenir.

At number 133, a historic address, the Drugstore-Publicis, commercial space symbolic of the years 1958. You will find there everything you need.

Louis Vuitton store

At number 101, the largest Louis Vuitton store in the world. The art-deco facade and the interior structure of the store are an invitation to travel and discoveries.

Artcurial building

At the Champs Elysées roundabout, stop in front of the Artcurial building, and take the time to admire the details.

Umbert hopes that this Parisian and fantastic walk seduces you.

  • Diner 19:00 – 20:00
L’Ambroisie 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris 

This private address is a place steeped in history and traditional cuisine. Umbert advises langoustines with sesame, wild turbot with shallots and for dessert a light tart with bitter cocoa.

L’Ambroisie 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

  • Show & Cocktail 20:00 – 23:00
38 RIV 38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris 

In a 12th century cellar is an intimate jazz club. The program is varied and eclectic, and it changes every week. While sipping a cocktail, it’s the soul of the music that you have to discover. Paris is famous for its jazz cellars.

38 RIV 38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris

3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00
Georges 6th floor Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris 

From the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre you will have an incredible view of Paris. Enjoy snails and spicy lobster pasta in this theatrical setting.

Georges 6th floor Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

  • Exhibition 13:00 – 16:00
Le Cubisme. Le Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (until 25/02/2019) 

Cubism is a decisive moment in the history of modern art. John Golding, an art historian, defines it as “a way of approaching the new world.” Braque, Picasso, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, lead us into this universe that will change modern painting.

Le Cubisme. Le Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (until 25/02/2019)

  • High tea 16:00
Le Dali at hotel Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris 

Cédric Grolet, elected “Best Pastry Chef in the World 2018” offers unique and delicate creations. Umbert enjoyed the pepper sandwich and his friend Astrid the “Paris-Brest” absolutely divine.

Le Dali at hotel Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

4) The cool stuff: learn how to draw with a French artist

A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski 18 rue de Thorigny, 75003Paris all@lytfa.net

“I’ve spent my life learning how to draw like a child” Pablo Picasso.
Beginner or advanced, Lytfa teaches you the art of drawing according to your personality. She provides all that you need, and you can choose a theme or let Lytfa guide you. Classes are with a group or private, contact Lytfa for an appointment. Dare to draw and create like a child!

A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski 18 rue de Thorigny, 75003Paris all@lytfa.net

Umbert hopes you will enjoy this beautiful weekend in Paris.

Next month he will make you discover other amazing places in this fantastic capital.

What you must remember: It is essential to know some rules of life, especially in France, to adopt a chic attitude. Umbert’s advice helps you all year long.

How to become irresistible? Download now the free eBook available on this blog.

Bon voyage!

Umbert De Paris anniversary

It’s Umbert De Paris anniversary this month.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support.

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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

The next big thing to become irresistible is the French beret (video & podcast)

This winter, during the fashion week in Paris, Umbert was able to discover the famous French beret present notably at Dior.

He now wonders how men should wear it?

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • An innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

“Fashion is what we wear. What is out of date is what others are wearing. “, Oscar Wilde

« La mode est ce que l’on porte. Ce qui est démodé, c’est ce que portent les autres.”, Oscar Wilde

Synonymous with French elegance since haute couture, and especially Dior, has put it in the spotlight during a fashion show.

The beret was born in Béarn, in the south-west of France, a long time ago, when shepherds accompanied sheep in the mountains. On the way back, the women of the village made this hat, with the wool of the sheep, to keep warm in the head in winter, and to protect from the sun in summer.

They are still made in Béarn by the Laulhère plant in Oloron-Sainte-Marie. The beret is manufactured 80% by hand. It is made of wool, with a silk lining, making it, therefore, an exceptional product, local and natural.

Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, and Che Guevara immortalized him.

Alain Delon, Anthony Quinn – The next big thing to become irresistible is the French beret

It can sometimes be a little military, but the choice of models is vast and can adapt to his personality: classic, military, artist or poet.

Che Guevara – The next big thing to become irresistible is the French beret

The length of your hair will also determine the choice of model, color, and how to wear it.

With long hair, leave a few strands of hair on the forehead, neck or sides. You can also pull them back. The beret can then be tilted to the side to give a romantic look.

With short hair, wear the straightest on the head for a tighter look.

Black, red, in summer or winter, be chic, a little impertinent, always irresistible, dare the French beret.

So here is the French beret that returns to the front of the stage for men.

You will be able to buy the French beret everywhere in the south-west of France, especially in the Basque Country.

But also in Paris: Maison Laulhere, 14-16 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008 Paris

What to remember: the French beret protects from cold and heat. Right French product, it can be worn in a chic way, depending on your haircut.

How to become irresistible? Download now the free eBook available on this blog.

Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

Happy New Year

Dear All, 

I would like to thank you for all the joy and experiences you have made in my life. 

You will always be special for me. 

This year, my only goal is to make people happier. 

A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in our hands. It’s a chance to write a beautiful story for ourselves. 

Happy New Year

Umbert De Paris

How to leave the party in style so they remember you ( Video & Podcast)

 

To listen to the podcast click here :  http://media.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/content.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/jC64b9fhcUrzZYv8oNdI.mp3

 

 

The diner is over, the coffee is served, you have to know when to leave according to the New Etiquette.

Entering the room and make an amazing impression is very important to be irresistible.

But leaving the party in style too, so they remember you.

 

« Paris is a party », Ernest Hemingway, writer

« Paris est une fête », Ernest Hemingway, écrivain

 

In this article :

1) General rules

2) Leaving the table

3) What to say

4) The next days

 

1) General rules 

When Umbert is invited, he always observes the other guests to know when he should leave.

So, when all the other guests have already left, he knows it’s time to thank the hosts and call a taxi back home.

French like parties that end at a late hour.  But when you see the host is tired, you know it’s time to leave.

He stays just if the hosts asks for it, especially if the conversation is passionated.

Sometimes Umbert also invites friends. He rents one of the amazing reception rooms of a Parisian palace. He likes The Ritz for example, it remembers him the 90’s and the crazy parties there. He wants his guests to enjoy their evening until the end, so he remains cheerful and warm, even if it lasts until the early morning … He then accompanies his guests and thanks them for coming. Isn’t it all the charm of Paris and the French way of life ?

2) Leaving the table

First watch for the first signs of trouble or fatigue in the guests or hosts. On weekdays, think of the hosts who work the next day … 

You cannot leave until the hostess (housewife) has stood up first, followed by the host (husband) and the other men who should push out the chairs of their neighbors.

Then place your unfolded towel on the right side of the plate.

Leave as discreetly as possible.

3) What to say

Do not leave without greeting or thanking the hosts.

A compliment to the hostess is always welcome.

Greet the other guests only if they get up too.

If it is very late, and there are still several guests, you can address a collective “Good night”, and warmly greet the hosts.

4) The next days

No matter the quality of the evening, you must thank the hostess the next day, by phone or with a thank you card.

It is imperative to invite the hosts in the next 1 to 2 months. 

If you met people you like, invite them for the first time too.

 

Paris and its parties, Ernest Hemingway is right : « Paris is a party ».

Now you know How to leave the party in style so they remember you.

The dandy-chic, the laughs, the musique … it’s always fun, and Umbert and his male friends like to go there to seduce the pretty girls. Always in style !

What must be remembered : the way you leave is as important as the way you enter a room. Do it in style, thank the hosts, make a compliment, leave discreetly saying a general « Good night » most of the time.

 

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Umbert De Paris

Thank you Dear ! Process on how to thank (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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Following a wonderful evening at Diane’s, Umbert must thank her for her invitation.

Say « thank you » is part of the international savoir-vivre. It also helps to maintain cordial relationships. It is a form of respect.

The fact that you decline or accept an invitation is not the problem, but you have to thank for the invitation, that’s the most important.

Thank you Dear ! Here is a Process on how to thank

 

“Politeness is for the mind what grace is for the face”, Voltaire, French philosopher

« La politesse est pour l’esprit ce qu’est la grâce pour le visage », Voltaire, philosophe Français

 

In this article :

1) What are the different types of “Thank you”

2) Thank before the party

3) Thank during the party

4) After the party

5) How to decline

 

1) What are the different types of “Thank you”

The automatic “thank you”, for example at a shopkeeper. It’s the one you use automatically.

Thank you” says with his heart, to a friend or someone who is helping you.

The “thank you” for an invitation, that’s the one we are talking about.

The hypocrite or forced « thank you », try to avoid it, find a real excuse instead off playing.

 

2) Thank before the party

Answer as soon as possible to accept or refuse an invitation, in the 24 hours.

Answer through the same canal as the invitation.

So if it’s a card, answer with a card, if it’s online, answer online.

The card must be white, the ink color blue or black, stay neutral. Nevertheless, if you are a real artist, you can create something for the host.

Show that you are very happy to be invited.

Never asked if you can bring someone with you, unless it’s a friends party.

If you are on diet, that’s not a problem, just let the host know before. Same for allergies.

If you are a couple, don’t forget to mention the other person.

 

3) Thank during the party

Arrive 15 minutes after the official beginning of the party, and adapt you style to the dress code, it shows that you respect the host. Too early may disturb the host, too late is not respectful for the others.

Thank the host with a gift : chocolates for a diner, wine, flowers or something more personal if they are friends like a coffee table book.

If the host has children, bring something for the kids, the all family will appreciate.

You can send the gift before you arrive, bring it, or send it the next day.

Regarding the flowers, the best is to go in a nice flower shop, and ask some advices describing the host. Always stay neutral and chic. Add a thank you card.

After a dinner, leaving, thank your hosts for this wonderful evening. Make a compliment on the housekeeper’s attire, the dinner or the bouquets is always welcome.

For a particular moment such as a wedding or a baptism, things are more a protocole. You have to first thank with a card, then send a gift with another card.

Don’t make any gift if it is just a cocktail party. A thank you card will be enough.

 

4) After the party

Call your host the next day to thank, or send a handwritten « thank you » card. 

Avoid the email, it is less friendly.

If you were the host, thank the guests for coming. Say a big thank you for the flowers, wines or chocolates they offered.

You have 1 month to thank everybody if it’s a wedding or baptism.

 

5) How to decline

You can answer that you thank the host for the invitation, you are very happy to be invited, but unfortunately … Never lie (people always find out later when you do), find something logic.

Always decline with a written card if possible, or a call.

If you are a couple, don’t forget to mention the other person. You both decline.

 

Umbert is now eager to return to Paris, where every evening a new invitation to a fabulous party amuses him. 

The glamorous Paris, this city of glamorous parties amazes him every day.

Thank you Dear ! He will be able to use this Process on how to thank … more and more ..

What must be remembered : the most important is to thank in the 24 hours, never lie, use a written card if possible, and bring a gift.

 

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Umbert De Paris

Should you cut your steak with the oysters fork ? How to eat some dishes properly (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

To listen to the podcast click here : http://media.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/content.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/gJ2I7vgcHYySJhhsMf8X.mp3

 

 

When Umbert goes to the restaurant with his friends, they like to discover new dishes and try any new experiences.

For exemple he likes to go to The Ritz, and meet the famous chefs from the Escoffier School. This is his favorite place in Paris.

But sometimes some dishes requires different utensils, especially in France.

Here is list to know if Should you cut your steak with the oysters fork ? How to eat some dishes properly.

 

“Whoever does not eat at the table eats in the barn”, French proverb

« Celui qui ne mange pas à la table mange à l’étable », proverbe Français

 

In this articles : 

  1. Soup
  2. Asparagus
  3. Artichoke
  4. Salad
  5. Caviar
  6. Oysters
  7. Mussels
  8. Lobsters
  9. Sushis
  10. Foie gras
  11. Escargots
  12. Omelet
  13. Spaghetti
  14. Fishes 
  15. Poultries
  16. Sandwiches
  17. Tacos 
  18. French fries
  19. Cheese
  20. Fruit pies
  21. Chocolate cake
  22. Orange
  23. Pear/apple
  24. Ice-cream

 

  1. Soup : only with a spoon. You can now finish the plate by leaning backwards and slightly to the right (for right-handed) or left (left-handed).
  2. Asparagus : you can eat them either with your fingers in an intimate dinner, either cut with its fork, leaving in the plate the harder part. If the asparagus are very thin : they can be folded in the middle with a knife and put in the mouth with a fork.
  3. Artichoke : use to fingers to did the leaves in the vinaigrette sauce. Use your fork and knife to eat the heart.
  4. Salad :  the salad should not be cut with a knife. Take your fork to fold the large leaves. The host must serve cut leaves to avoid this problem.
  5. Caviar : serve the caviar with the little spoon, then spread it on the toast or blinis. You can use your fork and knife, or your fingers, to eat the blinis.
  6. Oysters :  the oysters are eaten with elegance. It is necessary to take the shell in the left hand, to unhook the flesh with the oyster fork, and to suck it with the water from shell without making noise.
  7. Mussels : hold the shell in the palm of your hand and use an empty shell as a pliers to detach the flesh. 
  8. Lobsters : the claws are cracked with a nutcracker. Take the meat with a seafood fork. If the piece is big you can use a knife to cut it into small pieces.
  9. Sushis : you need some chopsticks. Pick up the sushis so it doesn’t break into pieces. Dip it into the soy sauce, eat part of it, then let the chopsticks on the table side by side. The best is to practice before with someone who will teach you. Advice from one of Umbert friend who is a well-known chef in Tokyo : “don’t put to much perfume before going to a sushi place, because the strong smell may modify the sushi taste and your experience.”
  10. Foie gras : do not spread it. In France, it is eaten with a fork, with a piece of toast. In England, cut a piece and place it delicately on a piece of bread.
  11. Escargots : hold the shell in tongs, use a snail held and remove the snail from the shell. Use the fork to dip the bread in the garlic butter.
  12. Omelet : the omelet is cut and eaten only with the fork.
  13. Spaghetti : never cut with a knife. Wrap them around a fork.
  14. Fishes : for the soft fishes use the fish cutlery. Split the fish with the fish knife from head to tail and lift the nets. If the flesh is hard use the cutlery especially the knife.
  15. Poultries : detach the flesh with the knife and fork. Never use your fingers. Do not suck the bones. When can you use your fingers exceptionally ? Caution: provide a finger rinse (warm water with a lemon slice or mint leaf) : ortolans, quail wings, wings of young pigeons, frog legs.
  16. Sandwiches : tea sandwiches are eaten with the fingers. For the other ones, even club-sandwich, you can use a fork if they are not cut already.
  17. Tacos : you can use your fingers.
  18. French fries : do not use your fingers. Prick them with a fork.
  19. Cheese : present it, it is possible to leave the label. Warning: the Camembert never stays in its box as pretty as it is. Cut it if it is round into sections. If it is square: it is sliced. If it is in a semicircle : it is cut into a triangle. To eat cut a piece and put it on a small piece of bread. You can use your fingers or cheese fork and knife.
  20. Fruit pies : the fruit pies can be enjoyed with the desert spoon. If a pie is made with puff pastry, you can use a dessert knife to keep it from breaking.
  21. Chocolate cake : the chocolate cake can leave traces around the mouth. Remember to wipe your lips, especially before drinking, so you won’t stain the glass.
  22. Orange : cut the bark, detach it and separate the quarters by hand.
  23. Pear/Apple : cut the fruit in four, peel with a knife and a fork and eat with a fork.
  24. Ice-cream : you can eat ice-creams and sorbets with a desert spoon.

 

There are many other dishes, cutleries and flatware, especially if you travel in different countries.

So now you know if you should cut your steak with the oysters fork ? And How to eat some dishes properly.

Umbert will bring you in some amazing restaurants and cafés in Paris, with more advices to come during his monthly Weekends.

Don’t forget to read my other article Chronology on how to behave at the restaurant like a gentleman, and respect the New Etiquette (Video & Podcast).

What should be remembered : it is very important to know those advices and train before, so you won’t be surprised and look ridiculous.

 

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You can post a comment or ask Umbert about your next weekend in Paris, and new etiquette advices, in the section below.

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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

Should we still do the hand-kissing in Paris, New York, London, Shangaï and Auckland ? (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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“Ocean’s 8” shows us the “hand-kissing” ! Richard Armitage, allias Claude Becker, bow in front of Anne Hataway, allias Daphne Kluger, and makes her the “hand-kissing”.

Umbert is used to major international events, and he knows the MET Gala in New York, where the movie takes place.

He likes to watch pretty girls in evening dresses, all very originals.

But Should we still do the hand-kissing in Paris, New York, London, Shangaï and Auckland ?

 

« I am in favor of maintaining the French habit of hand-kissing; after all, you have to start somewhere », Sacha Guitry, French cineast

« Je suis en faveur du maintien de l’habitude française du baise-main; après tout il faut bien commencer quelque part », Sacha Guitry, metteur en scène Français

 

In this article :

1) When to do a hand-kissing

2) How to do a hand-kissing

 

1) When to do a hand-kissing

Nowdays, the hand-kissing is reserved to a conservative upper class or diplomats. 

It is also still used in countries like Malaysia, Bruneï or Indonesia. There it is a common way to greet elder people of both genders, primarily the closest relatives (both parents, grandparents, and uncles or aunts) and teachers.

The “hand-kissing” is chic, but requires courtesy, restraint and elegance.

It is never practiced in the street, or in a public place : cafe, restaurant, opera, cinema, beach, etc …

It must be avoided with foreigners who are not used to it, except those who used to the international etiquette.

During a reception, a man can only do a hand-kissing to the mistress of the house, and the elderly ladies.

Umbert specifies that it can only be practiced with married women.

It is not appropriate for a gloved hand, except the one of a dear friend.

 

2) How to do a hand-kissing

The technique :

1 The man must not raise the lady outstretched hand towards him. The lady gives her hand.

2 The man must bow a little, and touch the hand he gently takes.

3 He does not kiss the hand but touches it with his chin.

4 The kiss must be fast, brief.

Don’t forget to train with a friend, it should fun !

 

Umbert is looking forward to traveling again to these major international events.

New York often misses him, but Paris is more into his heart.

What must be remembered : just remember the technique, so when you go to an event where you see the others doing the hand-kissing, you will be able to do it.

 

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Don’t talk, you are listened ! (Vidéo & Podcast)

 

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When Umbert is in Paris, he often goes to some very interesting talks about his favorite subjects : travel, technology, startups, emotional intelligence and many more …

Sometimes, he doesn’t really understand everything, especially when it is very technical.

When dining with friends, after several nights out, he doesn’t always know what to say or answer, because he ’s tired. 

Sometimes you start talking and you may notice that your audience is not interested in what you are saying.

Or you’ve just realized that what you’ve said is so stupide !!!

Don’t talk, you are listened !

The silence is sometimes better …

 

“The silence is golden, so I’m silent … « , MC Solar, French singer

« Le silence est d’or, alors je me tais … « , MC Solar, chanteur Français

 

In this article :

1) Talking

2) Listening

 

1) Talking

When you are talking, sometimes, it is better to stop.

But when ?

If your speech is too long or does not involve anyone, stop immediately, otherwise the others may leave the room because they are bored, or find you too narcissistic …

If someone interrupt you, let him talk. His attitude is wrong for sure, but the best is to not do the same.

When arguing, know that you will put more pressure, just because what you think and say will be different from the other point of view, and it may disturb him a little or more.

If you have different ideas from the one who talks, let him finish first.

Depending on the situation, you may also think about your answer 24 hours, then come back to it.

Arguing is good, it helps both of you by sharing experiences.

When the debate becomes heated, watch the others, stop talking, it will help everybody to calm down.

On the other hand, If just one of you talk and the other listen, the discussion may be boring, and nobody has time for boring things. 

I know some business techniques teach you that not talking and listening is the best solution. I don’t agree with this, I thinks that if you want a long term relationship, you need to share experiences and talks.

2) Listening

Learn to listen to others. Listening is as important as knowing how to speak.

It also shows that you are interested in the other and what he says.

When you visit a friend who is in pain, your presence is often enough. Words could be misunderstood in a critical situation.

When you do not understand a discussion, or do not know anything about it, it is better to stay quiet so you do not look ridiculous.

When the talking is getting to emotional, it is better to stop arguing a little, to calm down, then restart.

 

Umbert try to always stay calm, so he can focus on talking smart.

He knows that it is not easy when you’re stressed by your job, or something bad that’s just happened.

That’s why, sometimes, Don’t talk, you are listened ! 

But not always, don’t forget that life is about sharing, and talking is a way to share.

What must be remembered : talk only when you think that what you want to say is important for the others. If you have a doubt it may be that it is better to say nothing.

 

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Quiz September

 

Have fun and take the “Quiz September ” from Umbert De Paris : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/quiz-september-umbert-de-paris

Check your knowledge on the New Etiquette and improve your lifestyle.

The answers are on this blog. 

 

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